simon kneen says “clean up”
Editors and publishers assembled in Chelsea yesterday for Simon Kneen’s debut as Banana Republic’s creative director. Kneen, who comes from Brooks Brothers and Adrienne Vittadini, worked a Mad Men vibe for the guys, from the Brylcreem-shiny hair to the ankle-exposing pants and sockless wingtips. For us gals, he fast-forwarded a decade and a half to Lauren Hutton’s late seventies heyday. There were silk satin button-downs and slouchy pants, a floor-scraping shirtdress, and an A-line trench in monochromatic shades of ivory, gray, and pastel sorbets, and for after dark a Halston-esque long jersey tank gown. He never got too literal, which should play well with BR’s fans.